6 Modern Side Tables for the Entertaining Season
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With entertaining season on the horizon, the side table takes on more significance, and for good reason. Contemporary side tables are, by definition, small in scale, easily movable, and functionally versatile. Whether acting as permanent surface area or last minute addition for cocktail party accoutrements, modern side tables are capable of morphing into whatever is needed at […]
With entertaining season on the horizon, the side table takes on more significance, and for good reason. Contemporary side tables are, by definition, small in scale, easily movable, and functionally versatile. Whether acting as permanent surface area or last minute addition for cocktail party accoutrements, modern side tables are capable of morphing into whatever is needed at a moment’s notice. Our picks for best modern side tables for the entertaining season include a couple of Mid Century classics, and some inventive contemporary designs—all packing style that’s anything but a side show.
For most design buffs, Warren Platner’s gleaming collection of seating and tables, designed for Knoll in 1966, is the stuff of dreams, but the Knoll Platner Side Table affords a realistic shot at owning one of the more glamorous emblems of the Mid Century era. Illustrating both “structure and ornament,” the Platner Side Table’s dazzling arrangement of nickel-plated steel rods offers unparalleled elegance in a form that’s compact and refined enough to complement any interior scheme, be it formal or casual. The only drawback to this supporting player is that it may upstage its co-stars—effortlessly.
Light as air is a Kartell signature—and the Max Beam Side Table makes moving furniture around transparently easy. This modern side table’s precise, monolithic form effortlessly fits into tight spaces, while its barely-there purity and candy-sweet colors offer appealing contemporary style at an accessible price. When a table is this breezy, easy to move, and suitable to most any application, there’s no point in stopping at just one.
Befitting its name, the Mater Bowl Table has a deep, rounded surface area—its shape modeled after kneading bowls found in parts of India—fashioned from mango wood. This modern side table’s unusual good looks are derived for both its burnished, sustainably sourced materials and hand crafted detailing, each table top having been manually turned on a lathe by highly skilled Indian artisans. Handsome, versatile, and responsibly manufactured. Who could ask more from a contemporary side table?
Can a table designed in 1932 still be modern? Well, yes, if its creator was Alvar Aalto. The great Finnish architect’s love of wood and gently undulating forms are evident in the Artek 915 Side Table, which makes elegant use of two parallel frames and a pair of perpendicular curved plywood trays. No ornamentation in needed when a design is this exacting, and for admirers of Nordic restraint, here’s a chance to own a piece of design history that can cooly segue from living room to bedroom to office with unparalleled grace.
A solid piece of live edge American black walnut, carved and fitted with a glass insert is all it took to make this The Sentient Log Side Table, which gives tree hugging a contemporary Brooklyn spin. Handcrafted to showcase its handsome live-edge characteristics, the rugged beauty of this modern side table offers a refreshing visual counterpoint to glossy contemporary furnishings and sleek interiors. Rolling casters means this solid little table doesn’t have to stay planted in any one place, either.
Straight lines and square shapes meet in the delicate metal legs and solid surfaces of the minimal and timeless design of the Ferm Living Cluster Tables. Clean and stylish whether nested together or standing alone, this trio of powder coated metal tables is visually (and literally) light, easily movable and rife for an array of combinations.